I thought I'd share this for people who may be having a rough time as I once was: Did you know that you can get unlimited bandwidth to your house, surf the web and send data anonymously, and achieve amazing upload/download speeds at little to no extra cost to you? It's true--here's a related story detailing the issue: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/01/hardware-hacker/ What I'm talking about are modified cable modems. The particular gentleman discussed in the above article got into trouble because he's selling these devices and the companies don't like that--but what I'm talking about today is what you, as the end-user, can accomplish with them. Benefits include what I mentioned above: Removal of any bandwidth limits which your ISP imposes Essentially anonymous surfing and data transfer Significantly increased transfer speeds An essentially plug-and-play device which you can take anywhere with cable access So is this illegal? That depends on if you own the service. If you use a modded cable modem to access the Internet at your house and you don't pay for that service, you're committing a crime. But if you do pay for service, the modified modem simply allows you the benefits outlined above. It can be extremely helpful for people just starting out with online business. Of course, actually modifying a modem is somewhat difficult--but there's good news: You can purchase pre-modified devices from techies on eBay! Simply search for "Premod Modem" and you'll get a ton of hits. What you're looking for is a Motorola Surfboard modem with haxorware firmware--although any of the custom firmwares will work just fine. These forums will provide you with everything you need to get started: http://www.sbhacker.net/forum/ A modified cable modem can really help out in some cases. I'm not affiliated with anyone selling any of these "premod" devices, but I figured I'd give back to the forums a little bit. I know a lot of you are beginners who could really use a boost here and there. I definitely would've liked one! Good luck everyone.